Former Head of BNP2TKI Appointed as Coordinator of the Task Force of WNI Evacuation from Yemen
Following the worsening of the security situation in Yemen, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno LP Marsudi, has appointed the former head of the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers (BNP2TKI) Gatot Abdullah Mansyur as Coordinator of Task Force of Indonesian citizen (WNI) Evacuation from Yemen.
Gatot Abdullah Mansyur appointment, who is also the former Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, announced via the Ministry of Foreign Affairs twitter (@Portal_Kemlu) on Wednesday (18/2) ago.
Related to the appointment, the Indonesian Embassy Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, also began to open for registration in order evacuation contingency plan of citizens (WNI).
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website news, the government is worrying the situation developments that occurred currently in Yemen, especially after a militia group Al-Houthi took over the government and the capital city of Sana’a, and began to move to other areas, resulting in a volatile security situation.
“The political situation that continues to flare up it would create a security crisis that can be caused civilian casualties, especially Indonesian citizens (WNI) who have been there,” Foreign Ministry’s news website mentioned.
Based on the data from Indonesian Embassy in Sana’a, the number of Indonesian citizens (WNI) who are in the territory of Yemen amounted to approximately 4,159 people spread across Yemen and most of the students/college students a number of around 2,686 people, and approximately 1,488 people are migrant workers.
Given the situation is increasingly not so conducive, and to anticipate the worsening of the situation, according to the Foreign Ministry’s news website, the Indonesian government has prepared an evacuation plan for the citizen to be immediately repatriated to Indonesia
“The Indonesian government called on Indonesian citizens (WNI) who are in Yemen, particularly the capital Sana’a, to always being vigilant and cautious,” the Foreign Ministry appealed to the citizens in Sana’a.
In addition, the government also urged all citizens (WNI) to postpone a visit to Yemen until the situation becomes more conducive.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Embassy in Sanaa open emergency service number that is accessible 24 hours with numbers: +967,738,115,555 for Indonesian citizens (WNI) who need help and information. (Humas Kemlu RI/ES)